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Mosquito swarm: it could be even worse next year
2:12pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
THEY’VE blighted a Southampton community for the entire summer.
But the mosquito infestation that has swarmed across areas of Regents Park and Millbrook could be even worse next year.
That’s the fear of pest control expert Sean Whelan, who runs Southamptonbased firm Whelan Pest Prevention.
He claims the lack of fumigation in public parks and open spaces across the city has allowed the pesky insects to breed in massive numbers.
Mr Whelan said Tanners Brook and sewer works in Millbrook could also answer questions over the source of the outbreak.
He told the Daily Echo: “We have been doing a lot of work lately because people want their gardens sprayed or fumigated to get the mosquitoes away from their properties.
“This time last year we had such a wet summer and all of a sudden the temperatures went high in September.
Out came all the midges and mosquitoes.
But the people that spray the parks to keep the numbers down don’t do it anymore.
“You cannot fumigate a stream as it will harm the marine life but the problem is we have big open spaces like Millbrook rec that haven’t been treated.
There is definitely more than usual.
“We have had a massive upsurge in fleas too, and biting insects coming out of drains where they haven’t been treated.”
Mr Whelan claims mosquito defences such as mesh screens may be the norm across the UK in the future.
He added: “It will get worse. They will lay their eggs, hibernate for the winter, and come again for the spring.
“As they are not treated, it will get higher. There are a number of ways to protect your house. But soon if it carries on we will have to protect our properties with mesh screens like they have in the States.”
Southampton City Council responded by confirming it has never “routinely sprayed” for mosquitoes in parks and open spaces.
A spokesman said: “Large scale airborne spraying to kill adult mosquitoes would be unethical (and largely ineffectual) as other non-target insect species would be killed and animal species who depend on insects which fly around at dusk would be affected by the lack of food.”
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